Set amidst the turmoil of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, this vivid and highly-acclaimed novel by an Egyptian journalist is an intimate look into. “Something of a landmark a bold and important work. [This] is the first novel I know of that successfully renders an Arab, Egyptian Muslim reality in English. Soueif is one of the most extraordinary chroniclers of sexual politics now writing.” In the Eye of the Sun is a significant, near-miraculous original: ‘The Great.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The contrasts between life in the heat, and life in the cold; life in Muslim and Arab worlds souief life in Westernised countries; sexual freedom and sexual inhibitions are all excellent.

What takes up much of the novel’s energy, is Asya’s relationship with her husband, Saif.

In Cairo, she has dreamed about London; in London, she has dreamed – in English — about home. For me the key moment was when Asya listed the things Saif disliked about her – they were core aspects of her very style of being; they were the things I adored about her.

Actually, it can be interesting to understand some of the background to I am finding this book confusing.

In the Eye of the Sun

However, my semester started before I could finish, so I’ll be in suspense until December. All the classic moves are there. Beautiful in every sense.


Such an easiness and grace in her writing that makes eth so reachable, so relatable! But those become increasingly rare as the novel progresses.

Sorry for talking so much: Books by Ahdaf Soueif. May 20, Tiffany rated it really liked it.

But she’s a character that you can get to know and learn to ot as if she were a real living and breathing person. It’s a journey through history since Abdel Nasser’s days till the final days of Sadat, yet it’s not a historical novel, it rather tells how people lived their day to day lives during that time with highlights on a love story that makes a person wonders Jul 30, Em rated it really liked it Shelves: In the Eye of the Sun is a significant, near-miraculous original: Jan 30, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Structurally, the novel opens injumps back to and thf its way forward to again, tge has chapters divided into ‘scenes’ as if Soueif envisioned it as a movie.

I don’t know what it is about this book but it hurts to finish it. Mar 24, Steve Middendorf rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the eye of the sun 79 61 Jun 21, Published April 3rd by Anchor first published Jun 08, Kristin rated it it was amazing. The second was the middle eastern setting; Soueif placed her characters against a political background, which made the novel rich and fascinating. Ahdaf Soueif, born and brought up in Egypt, has lived for long periods in England.


In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif

The book is quite long and sometimes I have felt frustrated by the lack of congruence of its main characters. Family, romantic relationships and friendships are all dissected in glorious detail, bringing every interaction to life as if by magic. How can a book so strongly character-centred, plot-driven, personal, have left me with such a yearning for a place changed and a time passed?

In the eye of the sun.

This book reminds me of Richardson’s Pamela, where I kept on cheering on the narrator in her quest at suicide. This was incredibly powerful, so much so that at times it made me dizzy.

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I loved the paragraphs of Seif’s side of the story. Most good books are like taking a college course on a particular subject. In January she published Cairo: More than anything, this book is about sexual politics in Egypt: Jul 15, Zainab Magdy rated it it was amazing Shelves: